Penn center hiring for Katrina recovery efforts

Posted: June 19, 2007

NEW ORLEANS - A $2.2 million grant from the Rockefeller Foundation will fund more than a dozen positions for urban redevelopment professionals to work on Hurricane Katrina recovery efforts, New Orleans' recovery director, Ed Blakely, said yesterday.

The University of Pennsylvania's Center for Urban Redevelopment Excellence, which is running the foundation's fellowship program, expects to hire 15 people from a variety of fields and disciplines, including real estate, finance and economic development.

The fellowships are expected to last about two years, but "we would be thrilled if they stay on in New Orleans," said the foundation's associate director, Carey Shea. - AP

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